We have some people in restaurants who really make the most out of their takeout menus. Many adjusted for prices to be more approachable, for presentations to hold up when the lid is lifted after a 15-minute drive and to keep everyone safe along the way.
Take chef Peja Krstic at Mot Hai Ba: He has evolved with a menu that's now quite different from the (let's face it, perfect) menu back when in-house dining was available. But he's taken time to experiment with things, such as a steamed and fried bun filled with Chubby Dog Farm pork. And there's another dish he and chef Joel Orsini has nailed that we're looking to write about soon.
Our writers have been eating out lately, maybe even more so as all of us want to support restaurants, and that's how our Good to Go series came about. It gives us a chance to get through as much takeout food as we can and share the best ones with you. It's also turning out to be a place where Nick Rallo and I can specifically focus on comfort food, something we all (so he and I think) could use right now.
Critic Brian Reinhart was the one who said, seemingly a year ago but actually sometime in early March, that we should focus on takeout reviews. I started thinking of names, and since I was craving tacos, I thought of chef Jeana Johnson's former East Dallas joint, Good 2 Go Taco. So, Good to Go became our series.
(Fun fact: I called Johnson to let her know I was thinking about using this name. She fully supported it. She also recalled years ago when I did a story on Good 2 Go, and how she thought I was writing for my college paper. I was writing for The Dallas Morning News, but it's fine.)
We wanted to compile all of the great takeout we've been eating so the next time you're wondering where you should grab breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can check here. Here are the Observer food writers' favorite places to get takeout these days.
225 BBQ506 E. Main St., Arlington
Here, they're providing a glorious brisket and taco feast we can't get enough of. (Which is good — because it's a lot of food.)
The Bodega at High Line1400 Hi Line Drive, Suite 120 (Design District)
The breakfast burritos are a hit. Their sandwiches are mini safe havens on their own.
Bubba's Cooks Country6617 Hillcrest Ave. (University Park)
There's fried chicken, then there's fried chicken at Bubba's, where you get creamy mashed potatoes, plenty of well-seasoned gravy and perfectly crunchy fried okra.
Brick and Bones2713 Elm St. (Deep Ellum)
Brick and Bones' meals hold up perfectly well for takeout, and holy smokes, is that macaroni and cheese good.
Cattleack Barbeque13628 Gamma Road, Farmers Branch
Yes, it's some of the best barbecue in Dallas-Fort Worth. But to make your trip worth it, take all the meat home and use these tips in our previous story to make excellent leftovers.
Cowboy Chicken5315 Greenville Ave., Suite 125 (Upper Greenville)
17437 Preston Road (Far North Dallas)
You can get a meal that tastes good and can be fairly healthy for you here. Among all the totally satisfying comfort food that may have less nutrition, this is a good complement.
The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge2626 Commerce St. (Deep Ellum)
This Deep Ellum spot for Cajun food is still providing excellent sandwiches and pastas.
Ginger Thai6463 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 111 (Lakewood)
It's a large menu of Thai food, but the red curry is good enough to order on repeat.
Goodfriend Package1155 Peavy Road (East Dallas)
It's summertime, the perfect time for a good BLT while sitting on the grass.
Homewood4002 Oak Lawn Ave. (Oak Lawn)
Chef Matt McCallister has set meals to go for the household.
Humble9014 Garland Road (White Rock)
If sweets are what you gravitate toward for comfort food, head east of the lake for some of the best pie in town.
Jimmy's Food Store4901 Bryan St. (East Dallas)
Everyone knows they have the best muffaletta in town. Now they're prepackaging their sandwiches for easy pickup.
Jonathon's Diner1619 N. Beckley Ave. (North Oak Cliff)
Yes, their chicken and waffles are excellent. And the sausage is perfect. And they cook eggs better than most in Dallas. But have you had that giant club sandwich?
José4931 W. Lovers Lane (North Dallas)
Here, they adjusted their menu for takeout with approachable a-la-carte items as well as meals for the whole family.
Lakewood Landing5818 Live Oak St., Suite 4334 (East Dallas)
Oh, Landing, we will always love you. And we'll keep getting those corn dogs to go because we can't wait to get back inside.
Las Almas Rotas3615 Parry Ave. (Fair Park/South Dallas)
Elotes, a giant burrito and mezcal to go: We miss you, Almas, but this will more than do for now.
Ly Food Market4440 W. Illinois Ave., Suite 400A (Oak Cliff)
Pad Thai is delicious. But it turns out, if you let it sit in the fridge overnight and eat it cold, it may be even better.
Malai Kitchen3699 McKinney Ave., Suite 319 (Uptown)
Is there anything more comforting than a (to-go) bowl of noodles in the perfect sauce?
Manhattan Project Beer Co.2215 Sulphur St. (West Dallas)
We found fries that actually travel well! Plus, you can get arepas, beer and coffee.
Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters819 Exposition Ave. (South Dallas/Fair Park)
We love Noble Coyote because their coffee blends are always balanced and memorable. Since COVID hit, they've had a seamless curbside pickup process.
Palmieri Cafe920 S. Harwood St., Suite 100 (Farmers Market)
Italian espresso with Italian pastries brought to your car: What more do you need out of your morning?
Parigi3311 Oak Lawn Ave. (Oak Lawn)
Parigi has a large specials menu that impressively changes daily. The burger is part of that, and they somehow always nail it, no matter the version of the day.
Red Stix Asian Street Food6501 Hillcrest Ave., University Park
Let's just say, after the reporting for this article, the writer became addicted to the duck fat-fried rice here.
Revolver Taco Lounge2701 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
The Deep Ellum spot is still serving these excellent tacos from its Main Street order window. Thank goodness.
Royal Blue Grocery1 Highland Park Village, Highland Park
Two locations in downtown Dallas
Fact: A simple panini can really hit the spot, and Royal Blue knows how to make it just right.
Salaryman287 N. Bishop Ave. (Bishop Arts District)
Chef Justin Holt is still giving us great food out of this Bishop Arts spot. A changing menu that has us interested in every item has us wanting to keep returning here.
Sandwich Hag1902 S. Lamar St. (the Cedars)
The craveable banh mi and comforting curry are still available, plus chef Reyna Duong is seemingly constantly offering specials we can't pass up.
Sandwich Hag’s Bánh Tàm Xíu Mai Is Family Meal
Sprezza4010 Maple Ave. (Oak Lawn)
The owners here are doing everything they can to make sure their menu has foods that hold up well for when you get home.
St. Pete's Dancing Marlin2730 Commerce St. (Deep Ellum)
This Deep Ellum staple is around for a reason. You can get their ice-cold beers on the patio now, but if you want comfort food to go, here's the place to get it.
This one's on the move with pop-up sushi deliveries. They're fresh and for a good deal.
Tacodeli1878 Sylvan Ave. (West Dallas)
8031 Walnut Hill Lane (Northeast Dallas)
This taco spot out of Austin has fresh ingredients and tacos we can't resist.
Tacos La Banqueta Puro DF1305 N. Carroll Ave. (Old East Dallas)
The alambre, with thinly shaved beef sauteed with peppers, onions and plenty of cheese, is divine. And the serving can last you for days.
Taco y Vino213 W. Eighth St. (Bishop Arts District)
They were prompt in getting a takeout deal going, and it's one that the neighborhood really loves.
Trompo4017 W. 10th St. (Bishop Arts District)
What more does one need than a window where perfect tacos are handed to you?
Veritas Wine Room2323 N. Henderson Ave. (Knox-Henderson)
Veritas has wonderful cheese plates to go with your wine, which you can pickup curbside. Even better, they've started doing wine tastings over Zoom. And it's fun, we promise.
Whisk Crêpes Cafe1888 Sylvan Ave. (West Dallas)
The crepes here are phenomenal, from the savory to sweet options (we favor the Normandy with plenty of cheese and onion). The owner also gives meals away to Nutella crepe-lovers and the service industry.
Wu Wei Din Chinese Cuisine2909 W. 15th St., Plano
We could hardly believe it ourselves: Xiao long bao to go is possible.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.